Five ways to beat procrastination

By Alexandra White1851 Staff 

A completed to-do list.
Photo by Alexandra White

Everyone procrastinates sometimes, but the pandemic has made the urge to put off doing work stronger for many students. Whether you are on campus or at home, not being in the traditional college setting can make it difficult to do work. Here are five ways to beat procrastination when you are feeling unmotivated:

  1. Plan your week

Having a planner or creating a daily to-do list is the best way to visualize what assignments need to get done. If you have a plan for what needs to get done that day, it’s much easier to complete it. Breaking down your week into smaller chunks can also make you feel accomplished once everything is completed. 

  1. Prioritize your to-do list.

Creating a to-do list is easy but following through with it during the week can be challenging. Prioritizing assignments that are due that week is essential to not procrastinating. Even just having your main assignments done can make you feel less stressed and more likely to check in with your planner. 

  1. Schedule your day

While planning your week is good for completing assignments, scheduling time to do other things in the day can make you more productive. You don’t want to be working all the time, so planning little things like when to take breaks, when to study, or even when you’re going to stop for the day, can make things easier. 

  1. Do work in the morning

No one likes doing their work in the morning, especially if you are procrastinating. However, waking up and completing an assignment is one of the best ways to start the day motivated. If you are able to get a couple of errands or assignments done in the morning, it can make your day much easier. You can go through your day without being stressed about what work has to be done and you can even take a nap later in the day.

  1. Take breaks

It’s easy to get burnt out from doing work for hours straight, so taking breaks is a must. Even just taking 20 minutes to stretch, get food, or relax in between assignments can make you feel so much better.

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